How do you take care of a ferret? What's their temperment? Is it basically like a big guinea pig?
:/ I find googling things like animal care research really unhelpful in these sorts of situations.
I have always wanted a ferret, but they're not so easy to get here in Russia. Anyway, I'm still dreaming of one preferably in some years when I move out. Are ferrets behaving good with other pets? I might be having several gundogs by that time and ferrets would better not irritate them xD
Also, are they easy to train? They seem to be very intelligent, at least at first sight :3
The Marshal farm ferrets are a good choice.
You want a pet quality ferret,
they try to breed out their undesirable biting habits.
Like any kind of small furry animal, the males bite less than females.
To prove this ask any of your local pet stores if they have any female guine pigs, hamsters, etc.
The vast majority of pets shops will not carry females in stock
due to liabilites from them biting customers.
you can find female ferrets in stores, but stay with a male.
The Marshal ferrets get tatooed on their ear.
One dot for a female, and two dots for a male.
You also want one with their scent glands already removed, and neutered.
You will still be able to smell it, even over cat odors and cigarrette smoke.
Actually they down right stink.
Be ready to clean their cage at least once a week
and give them a bath in the bathtub.
I had an albino male ferret for years that was fantastic.
A few times when I was oversleeping he would get on my bed
and wake me up, he knew I should be getting up.
After a couple of years I got him a female ferret to keep him company.
She was an unpredictable bitch.
very nippy to everyone and never outgrew it.
And they have some very sharp teeth.
He eventually died, and I gave her away after that.
You should plan on having a pretty large cage.
Get a cage as large as you can afford, money and space wise.
Another issue of routine care is to give them regular doses of a hair ball laxative.
It is fairly common for them to develop intestinal blockages.
I am thankful for the time I spent with mine,
but, I dought if I ever get another one.
mainly because of the smell, it's embarassing.
We have 4 dogs and 9 cats with our 2 ferrets. The ferrets love to play with the cats and the dogs and vise versa. The 2 smaller dogs play with them more than the larger ones (a dalmation and a coon hound). We try not to let the bigger ones play with the ferrets too much bor fear they might accidently hurt them but other than that all the animals are very good together.
:D Thanks so much for all the feedback, guys-- though I can't get a ferret for a little while, I'm really looking forward to it when I do... they seem like they're going to be even more fun than I'd thought.